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Welcome to the WAAW Foundation Alumni Scholarship Hall of Fame

The WAAW Foundation Alumni Scholarship Hall of Fame honors the most accomplished and inspiring alumni scholars of the WAAW Foundation. These alumni scholars have demonstrated excellence in their careers, made significant contributions to their fields, and served as role models for other female STEM students.

The WAAW Foundation Alumni Scholarship Hall of Fame is a celebration of the achievements of our alumni scholars and a source of inspiration for current and future WAAW Foundation scholars.

We invite you to explore the Hall of Fame and learn more about the amazing women who are leading the way in STEM.

Alumni Scholars Highlight

Our Impact

Stella Murugi

Stella Murugi Muthungu, a 2018 WAAW Scholarship awardee from Kenya, is a Water and Sanitation Officer at UNICEF in Kenya. She is currently studying remotely at the University of Loughborough, Leicestershire on the commonwealth scholarship for a masters degree in Water Management for Development.

Stella has overcome many challenges in her journey to success. She lost her father in high school and had to work part-time jobs to help her mother pay for her education. But with the help of the WAAW Foundation scholarship, she was able to complete her college education and graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil and Structural Engineering.

Stella is passionate about empowering women and girls in the water and sanitation sector. She is the Co-founder of a community based organization dedicated to empowering, educating and mentoring rural girls. She is also a part of the Rockblue organization, a global organization that supports developmental water sanitation and health.

Stella is a role model for other women and girls in STEM. She has shown that it is possible to break the bias and achieve success, even in the face of adversity.

Rabeccah Nanaja

Rabeccah Nanjala Kwoba, a 2015 WAAW Foundation scholar, is a civil and structural engineer with over two years of experience in transportation infrastructure. She currently works at Mott Macdonald, a leading global engineering, management, and development consultancy, in the UK.

Despite growing up in a struggling environment in Kenya, Rabeccah was determined to pursue a career in engineering. She worked part-time jobs during her undergraduate studies to help her parents pay for her education. The WAAW Foundation scholarship was a lifeline for Rabeccah, allowing her to focus on her studies and achieve her academic goals.

As a WAAW Foundation scholar, Rabeccah was passionate about giving back to her community. She conducted outreaches to secondary schools, impacting 300 students with STEM knowledge and inspiring them to pursue careers in science and engineering. She also represented the WAAW Foundation at the Women in Technology conference in Nairobi, Kenya, and was a member of the Big Brother Initiative, a social network aimed at preventing early marriages and providing education.

Rabeccah graduated from the University of Nairobi with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2019. She was nominated for the Commonwealth Scholarship by the WAAW Foundation through the HALI access network and pursued a master’s degree in Transport Infrastructure at the University of Leeds in the UK. She graduated with distinction in 2021.

Rabeccah is a shining example of what can be achieved when bright and talented young women are given the opportunity to succeed. She is a role model for other female STEM students and an inspiration to us all.

Lilian Kamara

Lilian Kamara is a 2014 WAAW Foundation scholar from Uganda. She is a computer science graduate and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in ICT policy, management, and architectural design. She currently works with AAR Healthcare and is the secretary-general for the Internet Society Uganda chapter.

Throughout her studies at Makerere University, Lilian was determined to overcome the gender imbalance in technology courses. She started by engaging in support organizations that empower young female scientists. After receiving the WAAW Foundation scholarship, she started a number of skills development activities in STEM education for young girls.

WAAW inspired Lilian to give back to her society and empower her community. She later became a member of the Internet Society, which exposed her to ICANN’s work and opportunities. Lilian has been selected as an ICANN fellow various times and was a Grace Hopper scholar in 2015.

Under the Internet Society Young Leaders Program, Lilian wrote a paper about empowering educators with digital safety skills in times of pandemic. This progressed into a proposal that was later funded as a project. She was also appointed as the Secretary-General of ISOC and organized the 2016 Tech Women Summit in Uganda. She is also the lead organizer for the 2023 Uganda Internet Governance Forum.

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The WAAW Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and other support to female STEM students in Africa. Our goal is to help these women achieve their educational and professional goals and make a difference in their communities and the world.

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